"An Australian sportsman has been suspended by his club over homophobic comments he made in a newspaper column. Australian Rules star Jason Akermanis had used his comment piece in Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper to urge gay players to 'stay in the closet'.
Akermanis, 33, has been criticised over the column, in which argued that the deeply traditional, Gaelic football-style sport was not ready for its first openly gay player.
He wrote: 'Imagine the publicity associated with a current player admitting he's gay. It would be international news and could break the fabric of a club.'
He was clearly motivated by a concern for the best interests of his sport rather than by any animus towards homosexuals -- but you are not allowed to offer any such arguments, it seems.
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